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Autonomous Vehicles Lyft nuTonomy Set To Begin In Boston

Published on December 7th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart


Lyft Set To Begin Using nuTonomy Self-Driving Cars In Boston

December 7th, 2017 by  

Lyft is continuing to forge ahead with its nuTonomy partnership with a trial of its self-driving vehicles start soon in Boston. What does this mean for you?

Lyft nuTonomy Set To Begin In Boston

Unless you live in Boston, the news might not seem terribly relevant, but its repercussions will be much broader and affect the way we move around cities.

The potential of autonomous vehicles (AV) with self-driving cars is obviously important for carmakers, but especially so for us. More productivity is a notable benefit we should see. Tired of sitting behind the wheel and getting nothing done? Let a robot do the driving for you.

Lyft’s nuTonomy trial is not the only game in town, but it is a well-funded one that is making great strides. The Lyft + nuTonomy partnership will happen in Boston’s Seaport district. So rush out there and tell us about your experience if you can.

Lyft nuTonomy Set To Begin In Boston

How do you do this? You can get on the trial by requesting a ride through the Lyft app. As the pilot develops, a few select Boston passengers in that area will be selected.

What The nuTonomy + Lyft Test Trial Aims To Do

Lyft nuTonomy Set To Begin In BostonIn a nutshell, the nuTonomy + Lyft trial is designed to let the public experience firsthand what a driverless vehicle feels like. And in order to better understand how driverless services will impact our lives, data needs to be gathered. The other important factor is the data feedback from the pilot participants nuTonomy and Lyft will receive. With this feedback, engineers from both companies will continue to improve the system to better accommodate the needs of riders.

Delivering an autonomous transportation experience requires a lot of data and user feedback. In order to do that, a lot of parameters need to be analyzed to offer the safe, efficient, and comfortable experience users demand. nuTonomy aims to continue to develop its research through this first public pilot in the United States.

With A Little Help From My Friends

nuTonomy has not only partnered with Lyft, but has also received a financial boost from Delphi, which acquired the company a couple of months ago.

Perhaps the part we tend to forget is what happens behind the scenes. In our previous discussions with various carmaker officers and engineers involved with autonomous driving, one of the key points is that almost anyone can shove LIDAR, GPS, and other sensors into cars. The trick is to bring it together coherently. The real work happens behind the scenes by designing a robust backbone that will coordinate the information gathered by vehicles used to determine the best course of action and thus save people’s lives while offering the service expected.

With a few players in the game, nuTonomy faces competition from GM’s Cruise, Alphabet’s Waymo and now Apple’s fascinating take on LIDAR.

Who’s Leading in AV?

It would be hard to say who’s leading at this early stage of the self-driving car game. With potential players each well funded, we hope the technology will mature fast enough to free us from the boring daily horror of traffic and free our time to be more productive.

You can follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and, of course, YouTube.

In the meantime, if you live in Boston, get on Lyft and tell us how the ride was.


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About the Author

Nicolas was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, but it wasn't until he drove an AC Propulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Ever since he has produced green mobility content on various CleanTech outlets since 2007 and found his home on CleanTechnica. He grew up in an international environment and his communication passion led to cover electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets in print and online. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. His favorite taglines are: "There are more solutions than obstacles." and "Yesterday's Future Now"

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